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thetooth wrote:The first thing I did when I saw it was check the calendar to see if it was April Fools Day again. LOL
That having been done, I'm still not sure what to make of it. It seems plausible, but the price seems a bit crazy... and it still lacks a good way to chill down the wort, which I was sort of expecting at that price in a do-it-all sort of system.
gustavf wrote:I have used this system for some 25 brews the last year and it is very popular here in Norway. Having 240 volt electricity and little tradition for using gas, it is certainly a bit more versatile here than in the US, but I have to say I love my Braumeister. Certainly not a system for barley wines, but up to 1065 it works pretty well. Normal efficiency is around 75-80%.
You can, and should, sparge. After lifting the malt pipe, add water from the top. This is not the gentle, slow sparge you normally want, but it works pretty well.
The system is compact, very compact, and I normally brew in my shower stall. It takes less than 10 minutes to get it out from the cabinet and set it up and cleanup is also fairly easy.
usmcruz wrote:Im kinda curious, how are you getting 1.065 wort when the system limitations are 1.057? you adding dme?
Another thing I find hard to believe that your getting 75 to 80% sparging, because in order to reach the 75 to 80% range your sparge would exceed the starting volume capacities of the system. Am I missing something?
krizwit wrote:The system looks interesting, but I agree with the rest that it is quite a bit for what you get. It should come with a chiller....That being said, if you lived in a small apartment and had 240V access, along with a good chunk of disposable income it would be a fine purchase.
After reading a recent article on CNN I found the cost of living in Norway to be extremely high. They pay like 4 times as much for beer as we do so brewing on anything would pay off in probably a year or two..... gustavf could probably elaborate on that.
gustavf wrote:Yes, beer is rather expensive here, especially anything not a macro lager. Even so, I have never met anyone brewing to save money, at least not all grain. After all, we all know the cost of equipment and the other stuff we "need", but try to forget the cost of...
I know a number of people that have purchased the Braumeister and it was a bit of an investment for all of them, even if normal incomes are higher here. If they wanted to brew cheap beer, they would have chosen other and cheaper options, like a traditional cooler setup or never switched to all grain.
You get used to everything, however. These are prices for guest beers at my local brewpub (0,35 liters - 12 oz, prices converted to USD and rounded):
Hornbeer Happy Hoppy Viking $17, De Molen OpTop $14, Southern Tier Unearthly $18, Mikkeller Green Gold $16 and the list goes on. Low season airfare to the US $600... No wonder I try to make a drinking expedition every now and then.
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